Joel Sturm developed a passion for trial advocacy as a prosecutor before he began representing individuals in personal injury and property damage lawsuits.
He worked for a major insurance company and was quickly entrusted to handle complex lawsuits worth millions of dollars. Joel honed his trial advocacy working for an insurer – handling a variety of lawsuits from motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage and benefits disputes, property loss, premises liability, slip and falls, fire losses, construction defect and product liability claims – but his passion for helping people inspired him to use his experience, in the courtroom and representing a large insurance company, to aid injured people in maximizing their recoveries in a way other lawyers cannot.
“Joel honed his trial advocacy working for an insurer – handling a variety of lawsuits from motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage and benefits disputes, property loss, premises liability, slip and falls, fire losses, construction defect and product liability claims”
Joel was born and raised in Portland and became an attorney to advocate for a community he cares deeply about. This passion drives him to get the best results in every case.
Joel is an active member in the legal community serving in various positions within the Oregon New Lawyers Division promoting continuing legal education, and outreach to high schools in the community. He has been selected to speak at various continuing legal education courses for lawyers, presenting on topics such as e-filing, depositions, trial practice and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Joel received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and attended University of Oregon for law school. He is a huge fan of Gonzaga basketball, an ex-lacrosse player and he has a weakness for 1960’s soul ballads. Prior to starting his legal career, Joel and his wife Nanda were volunteers at a school in Peru where they started a sports program for elementary age students. Joel loves to cook for his wife and two kids, Neela and Bodhi.
- Oregon New Lawyers Division: Chair Elect
- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association, Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section
- J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
- B.A., Gonzaga University